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The Star Diaries has ratings and reviews. Bill said: Although Solaris is Stanislaw Lem’s most esteemed work, I believe The Star Diaries—the co. 31 Dec A Jorge Luis Borges for the Space Age – The New York Times. Stanislaw Lem’s set of short stories, written over a period of twenty years. Stanislaw Lem’s “Star Diaries”. Translated by Franz Rottensteiner & Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. Among Lem’s story-cycles, the “Star Diaries” has a special place.

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The show, diariies wacky sitcom, invoked a intentionally trashy look with bizarre costumes and consciously corny special effects, and gave Ijon Tichy a thick fake slavic accent.

Although the dry humor I expect from Eastern European fiction is there, the story lines and philosophical wanderings are idiosyncratic stanislaww the extreme. The Star Diaries first edition inexpanded in and consists diaies short storiesall narrated by its personable Space Munchausen.

I went back inside and, sitting down to a modest supper, considered how best to extricate myself from this stupid situation. Using his time machine, Ijon propels their evolution to tool using hunter gatherers and then to agrarian civilization.

Ijon Tichy, the protagonist, is nothing less than a Baron Munchausen in outer space, and each story contains subtle and less subtle hints of its doubtful authenticity. And before we started to prattle about ‘Singularities’ the robot monks of Dichotica had already looked unflinchingly into that abyss. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video.

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I momentarily lost my usually level head, burst into a volley of the vilest oaths and smashed a few plates. Ijon obtains a secondhand moon, fixes it up and, thanks to his stellar connections no pun intendedupgrades it to the status of stanisalw planet.

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Trivia About The Star Diaries Customers who viewed this item also viewed. If you not change browser settings, you agree to it. I will put this bluntly: Translations of his works are difficult and multiple translated versions of his works exist.

There is a tremendous about of word play. It is a different type satirical humour than that of Vonnagut Jr.

InTheodore Sturgeon claimed that Lem was the most widely read science-fiction writer in the world. It had its moments, but overall it was my least favorite. Set aside the multiplicity of definitions of religion and religiosity and settle on this. In Coldi society, you can get killed for looking a superior in the eye. The stanislaa, overall, was very rich, changing between styles, even using a made up version of old and new language, in the Polish version, I assume, Polish, but also, and much credit to Kandel, of course, in the English version, a sensational mix of old and new English that I had some trouble with, but that only attests to it’s greatness, because it used expressions long out of use.

See all 37 reviews. If you liked Douglas Adams, “Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy” you know there are not many science fiction writers who work for laughs. So I was thinking elm this series of “journeys” of Ijon Tichy written by the author of Solaris which I haven’t read would be serious and dry.

A Things always go wrong. After all, aren’t we all our own worst enemies?

This book was equally smart, clever, very funny satnislaw introspective all at once This was good fun. It is like the Teletransporter from the thought experiment, or more familiarly, the transporter from Star Trek.

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He creates the history of the planet through a series of work mishaps during a project that he is in charge of in the Twentieth Voyage. I liked the concept, but the story was not one of his best. His various voyages range from stanislaq prosaic to the profound. I didn’t realize this at first and spent several hours trying to grip the wrench with my feet while using both hands to screw on the nut at the other end.


The book excels in stanisslaw writing, full of original ideas and various inventions.

The Star Diaries: Further Reminiscences of Ijon Tichy

Like much sci-fi, the aliens encountered by Tichy are all-too-human once you get past their odd shapes and peculiar appendages. Lem has the remarkable ability to make sentient and hostile potatoes seem totally believable, as he does in this line describing a plan to capture one of the crafty space spuds: Please try again later. Can our outer orbit Odysseus come through for us? Return to Book Page. Lem in his most fantastic vein. Beautiful, but slowly paced, and this was a time that I slept through bits of a lot of movies.

But the friars refused to pull the trigger. View all 4 comments. This book was initially unexpected as it was very humorous, but yet, it had all the elements mentioned about Solaris.

This story also includes a lesson in human evolution very different from the one we learned here on Earth. Even more so when he ponders whether he really existed, to begin with, when he creates the world, or gets arrested by robot fanatics.

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